Mayor Wheeler, Commissioner Carmen Rubio and the business community kicked off the holiday shopping season in Downtown Portland on Wednesday.
An array of holiday events were announced during the press conference, including store pop-ups, a temporary ice-skating rink and more.
"We’re here, together, to celebrate the tireless efforts of the many individuals in our public and private sectors working toward making this holiday season a truly special time," Mayor Wheeler said.
Speakers at the event included Andrew Hoan, President and CEO of Portland Metro Chamber, Courtney Posey, Nordstrom Downtown Portland Manager and The Square's Board President, Kristin Van Buskirk, owner of Woonwinkel, Laura Maldonado, GM of The Heathman Hotel, and Marcus Harvey, Portland Gear owner.
In addition, it was announced that two downtown SmartPark garages located at SW 4th Avenue and Yamhill Street and SW 10th Avenue and Yamhill Street will offer free Saturday and Sunday parking from Nov. 24 to Dec. 31 to support downtown businesses during the holiday season.